“Dateline” (NBC) can be seen on Saturday evenings at 10/9 p.m. The episode on Feb. 21, 2015 was called, “A Gathering Storm.” In the overnight TV ratings it garnered 5.71 million TV viewers overall. It reached 1.0 million TV viewers in the all important 18 to 49 adult demographic (8-10 p.m). “Hawaii Five-0) (CBS) grabbed 4.02 overall & 0.5 with adults (repeat). “Countdown to the Oscars” (ABC) nabbed 2.91 overall & 0.5 with adults. (repeat).
“Dateline” is an investigative program focusing on crime & murder in the United States. The reporter & narrator of this episode is Josh Mankiewicz.
“A Gathering Storm” opened with a hurricane on Aug. 13, 2004 at Punta Gorda, Florida. Gene Huden hunkered down in her home that partially came a part. Her husband Jim Huden was hiding south at Naples in a hotel. She joined him when the storm calmed down. He told her that there was another woman & he wanted to runaway. A Washington state detective couldn’t get to Jim for questions who already fled the country.
Russell Douglas (32) was found shot in the head inside his car at Washington. Russell was dead for 24 hours & it looked like he was gonna meet someone. His wife Brenna was not shocked by her husband’s death & she became a person of interest. They found a cell phone with the number of a woman named Peggy Thomas. She lived in Las Vegas & was only a friend of Brenna.
Russell & Brenna argued a lot about the kids & his affairs with other women. They separated but he wanted to reconcile with her. Russell had three life insurance policies that totaled $600,000. The beneficiary of those policies was Brenna. She had a solid alibi on the day of her husband’s death. She was also pressured to buy the house she rented from her landlord who was named Peggy Thomas.
Police got a phone call “tip” 7 months after Russell’s death. A male caller asked about Russell who got shot in the head. This caller also used an untraceable phone. He was scared that if he gave up information, he would be killed. He called the police the next day & told them to look for a girlfriend who lived in Las Vegas. He also gave up the name of Jim Huden as the man who shot Russell.
Where was Jim Huden? Who is Peggy Thomas? You can watch “A Gathering Storm” over at NBC.